Archive: Science Update: Observing Hurricanes with Ocean Drones, June 8, 2023

Advancing our understanding of hurricanes and improving forecasts require measurements from the most violent parts of the storms, where ships and aircraft cannot safely travel. The ocean-atmosphere interface within a hurricane is difficult to measure and is not well understood, but it's a crucial region where hurricanes interact violently with the ocean and exchange energy with it.

This presentation will describe a new NOAA project to direct surface ocean drones ("saildrones") into hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. Topics will include what saildrones are, how they work and can survive a hurricane, what kind of data (and videos!) we get from them, and how the data is being used to aid forecasters and improve our understanding of hurricanes.

All individuals receive a certificate of participation and 100 NSTA activity points for attending the live seminar and completing the end-of-program survey. A certificate of participation is not awarded for watching the recorded version of the program.

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Below are comments from individuals who attended the seminar:

  • "Greg and Bruce with NOAA provided so much knowledge, and interactive/multimedia resources that are engaging and relevant to students in the classroom."
  • "I appreciate the review it gave me and the ideas I got to incorporate it into the classroom!"
  • "I found the images of the drone and the data that came back from the drones most interesting. I am already thinking of a way I can use the speed vs instantaneous speed graphs with my physical science students."

A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' account page for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

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